PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE (MAYBE) – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s Provocative Question #41

So what do you think of this quote? Aside from the reference to tenses, is it true?


“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”


I would be more inclined to say that our past was always perfect and the future is both tense and mysterious.  Especially now. Our future is frankly looking pretty damned grim. So grim that I spend an inordinate amount of time not thinking about it.

I would like to see one sign that all humans world over would get together and make a serious effort to fix our planet. But I don’t see it. I don’t see any signs of any kind of cooperation. Not between supposed allies or enemies. I don’t even see governments taking the future of life on earth (for people) as serious, not if it costs someone a few extra dollars.

Honestly, we the people care, but them the people who make the trash and poisons? They don’t care. They really don’t care. The government doesn’t care. Obviously.

Enjoy it while you can.

I’ve been hoping against hope that somewhere there would be a little glimmer of a better world to come, but I’m not seeing it. I’m seeing the opposite and not just here. Everywhere.

Oh, the joys of living in an oncoming disaster. What fun!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

12 thoughts on “PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE (MAYBE) – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. If we could get back to paper and glass, it would be a big help. I remember when the milkman delivered the milk in glass bottles and took back the empties. They would wrap a lot of goods- even meat in paper instead of the styrofoam trays and plastic wrap. I’ve been collecting the styrofoam trays to use as pallets for my painting. It’s amazing how they stack up.
    Leslie

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      1. Agree with you about how we usually regard past and future. We usually recall the past with rose colored glasses while the future is often a frightful unknown.

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  2. I agree that the future is tenuous and far from perfect. As to the past, there were many tense moments, but the older I get, the more my mind somehow turns those troubling moments into quaint and/or fond memories.

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    1. And we came through them. We can convert them because they happened, we did what we did, and they are OVER. Now we are facing something maybe we can’t fix. Maybe we don’t know HOW to fix it. I don’t find the world wars at all quaint, but they are over and we didn’t flatten the entire world doing it. Just Belgium and Japan. Next time, I don’t think it’ll go the same way.

      If they drop nukes in the middle east, they will quite literally set the world on fire. Even when I lived in Israel there was a quiet truce between enemy nations that no one would blow up the oil fields. Underneath the Arab states is a SEA of oil. NOTE: Israel has NO oil at all (someone once spilled a can of oil while fixing his car and it made headlines), but the fire might burn forever and never go out. It makes our western fires look like little backyard bonfires. I doubt even tiny little Israel would survive. I suppose that’s one way of solving the middle east crisis.

      As for the poisons they are spraying here — we’ve had (now) 9 cases of EEE from mosquito bites with 1 death. The poison is going to poison every insect the birds eat and every acorn the trees produce. We are going to have backyards full of dead birds. It’s horrifying.

      We’ve lost 29% of our entire bird population since 1970 from miscellaneous pollution. But this? Literally, we are spreading a trail of death over New England and Michigan and Minnesota and there will be more and more — and it’s all because of the changing weather patterns. If they get to you, OH boy.

      We don’t even need the apocalypse. We are going to do it ourselves.

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  3. Love that photo. Gorgeous. As for the rest, it’s astounding to see what other countries are doing and have done regarding trash on the oceans and on land. I wished everyone would take our earth seriously. No more straws, no more plastic, no more damned styrofoam, wrapping meat in disposable paper, glass reusable bottles for milk, there are many things that could be done and in some cases, are being done, but still, we have so far to go!

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    1. We’ve had now 9 cases of EEE from mosquitoes. One death. But I have a horrible feeling that every bird who eats a bug and every squirrel who eats an acorn is going to die of that poison. We just don’t GET it.

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